We have seen a large increase in numbers of citations issued for commercial over weight violations across the State of Wisconsin. The traffic code allows assessment of huge fines based upon the over weight load. In some cases, the police may take a vehicle out of service after a stop. Such citations are issued to the owner of the vehicle, not the driver. In many cases, a corporate owner is subject to the fine due to the mistake of one of its driver employees.
Legal counsel is usually required for court representation of the corporate or LLC owner’s interest. In most cases, prosecutors are willing to discuss fine compromises, which will save money in excess of any legal fee typically charged. Guidelines on fine compromises vary greatly across the State of Wisconsin and local municipalities. It is important to have an attorney who is familiar with practices and policies on over weight and special weight violation citations, to maximize potential savings on fines.